House centipede

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Artwork of House centipede
Real-world info
Name: Scutigera coleoptrata
Family: Scutigeridae
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 ciempiés doméstico
 ciempiés doméstico

The house centipede[nb 1] is a bug in Animal Crossing: New Leaf found between late summer and early fall by striking rocks with a shovel. Like the centipede, it will make a rattling noise while moving.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


House centipede
"I caught a house centipede! Make yourself at home—in my net!"

Time of year Aug – Oct
Time of day 7 PM – 8 AM
Peak times N/A
Location From hitting rocks
Size Unknown
Rarity Common
Selling price  250 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

The house centipede in the museum

"The house centipede has many remarkably long legs that give it a very intimidating appearance. However, despite this intense look, they are for the most part harmless to humans. When an enemy is holding down one of its legs, the house centipede will drop that leg to make an escape. The dropped leg will continue to flail for a while, though, providing a distraction."


Real-world information[edit]

A real-life house centipede.

Originating in the Mediterranean region, the house centipede has spread to other parts of the world, where it can live in human homes. It is an insectivore; it kills and eats other arthropods, such as insects and arachnids. Outdoors, house centipedes prefer to live in cool, damp places. Most live outside, primarily under large rocks, piles of wood, and especially in compost piles. Within the home, these centipedes are found in almost any part of the house. Most commonly they are encountered in basements, bathrooms, and lavatories, which tend to be humid, but they can also be found in drier places like offices, bedrooms and dining rooms. The greatest likelihood of encountering them is in spring, when they come out because the weather gets warmer, and in fall, when the cooling weather forces them to find shelter in human habitats.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ゲジ

German Spinnenläufer Spider runner

European Spanish Ciempiés doméstico Domestic centipede

European French Scutigère véloce Combination of Scutigera, the house centipede's genus in the family Scutigeridae, and the word swift


  1. Japanese: ゲジ Hepburn: Geji